I second Matthew - proceed with caution, much caution.

I would not attempt to take it out of the casing due to the thinness
of the tape.  I would bake it in increments, eg 12 hours, then another
if needed and so on.

Have faith, be brave! You can do it.

Let us know and BEST of luck!

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 5:41 PM Matthew Sohn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  Corey Bailey said: "I have not hadthe success baking DAT tapes that Richard Hess has had."
> I say:Well, Richard only cited one instance, which had a 100% success rate.
>     On Friday, October 30, 2020, 11:33:06 PM EDT, Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  Check your machine!
> A DAT that is suffering from SSS or other problems can (and will) clog
> the heads of your machine which will cause problems with other tapes
> that may be good. Unfortunately, there is no good way to tell in advance
> if cassette based media has problems. Fast-forwarding & Rewinding before
> playing will exercise the tape. Plus, with some listening practice, you
> can tell a good tape while Fast-forwarding & Rewinding. I have not had
> the success baking DAT tapes that Richard Hess has had. I've personally
> had less than a 50% success rate when baking DAT's. That said, I didn't
> bake them as long as Richard so, that may be the difference. Know that
> if you attempt to splice a DAT, you will mess with the control track so,
> the loss will be more than the amount you removed depending on how the
> error correction circuitry handles the loss.
> CB
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> On 10/30/2020 7:10 AM, Mint Records wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Came across an oddity this morning. I've been transferring some DAT Tapes
> > when all o f a sudden one snapped. It's a brand i'd never come across
> > before called "PYRAL". On taking aprt the shell it's clear that the tape is
> > stuck together - The original break was a tear across rather than a snap
> > and when i tried to loosen the tape on the reel, more started to tear.
> >
> > It has the appearance of sticky shed, but i've never come across this in a
> > DAT before.
> >
> > Has anyone else come across this? Can the tape be baked? If so, for how
> > long.
> >
> > If not sticky shed, any other ideas? There is no sign of anything being
> > spilt on the tape. All the labels on it are clean and original.
> >
> > I would like to rescue what I can from it although I know a proportion will
> > now be irretrievable.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Richard